Adweek and Adcolor have teamed up to shine a spotlight on corporate executives who are championing diversity and inclusion efforts. Papa John's Chief of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Victoria Russell made the list for her efforts to turn the company around as it faced serious blowback because of a racial slur made by the owner.
Sushi I-Naba in Manhattan Beach, Calif., has shifted gears from omakase sushi dinners to serving the community as a luxury grocer dubbed Mini Toyosu Fish Market. The name comes from his mother's distribution company in Tokyo which helps keep chef Yasuhiro Hirano stocked with seafood and other Japanese items to sell like Wagyu and Hokkaido uni, though he has concerns shipments will taper off due to worsening coronavirus conditions in Japan.
Maintaining a focus on diversity and inclusion amid the coronavirus pandemic will require companies to ensure that people with different backgrounds and experiences can make their voices heard during virtual meetings. In addition, it's critical to keep employee resource groups alive in the shift to virtual work.
The proportion of senior management roles held by women is 29% -- the same as in 2019, according to a report. Leaders can push that number higher by following four steps, starting with eliminating bias in recruitment.
One way to build more inclusive companies is to hold all employees accountable for fostering the proper culture, writes Oracle's Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, former chair of AICPA. Leaders can lay the proper foundation by communicating the plan, seeking feedback and having allies participate in affinity groups.
The hotel industry is beginning to embrace co-working, a phenomenon that's mushroomed over the past five years. Leaders include Marriott International and Accor, the latter of which opened more than 250 of the remote workspaces last year after buying a 50% stake in the French firm Nextdoor in 2017.
The nation's $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus may help lessen the shock of hotels' misfortunes for a couple of months, "but if you get to June and people aren't traveling again, then the problem we have today will be much worse," Chip Rogers, CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, says.
Luxury Hotels Australia will take a 99-year lease on a new $50 million, six-star luxury hotel in South Australia that will have 70 rooms, all with balconies. Set near the owner's Seppeltsfield Winery, the Oscar Seppeltsfield will open in 2022.
California has undertaken the nation's first statewide effort to house homeless people in vacated hotels as a curb against the spread of coronavirus. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that the state has taken custody of 6,867 rooms and seeks a total of about 15,000 in a joint initiative with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Super Host Hotels has sold the Ramada Plaza on Watervliet Avenue Extension in Albany, N.Y., for $6.4 million to Albany Equity. The nine-story, 215-room hotel was built in 1972.